It may not slice or dice, but the HoverCam Neo redefines the office multi-function device. It combines the functions of scanner, video conferencing camera and document camera into one product so that office workers communicate more effectively – and also meet the needs of the visually-impaired. It was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
Pathway Innovations and Technology has introduced a new series of three “office camera”” or OfficeCam products at CES 2011 that combine the functions of scanner, video conferencing camera and document camera into one product so that office workers communicate more effectively and increase productivity. These highly compact devices are designed to also meet the needs of the visually-impaired.
Called the HoverCam Neo, these office cameras are designed with high-end optical distortion-free lens and sensors to capture document images, 3D objects and technical drawings. Unlike a low resolution webcam, point-n-shoot digital cameras or SmartPhones, the HoverCam Neo is best suited to handle digital imaging and video communication needs around the office, capturing still or live video images of objects, documents and people. The Neo can perform a quick “”scan”” of a document instantly and also record full motion HD video at 1080p resolution. Pathway?fs HoverCam office cams are also highly compact and versatile, which allows them to be placed next to a laptop or on a desk at all times, functioning as a convenient and indispensible and always available digital imaging tool around professional or home offices.
In addition to desktop use, the HoverCam Neo can be used as a video presentation tool in a conference or meeting room to project 1080P HD video onto a whiteboard or screen when connected to a projector. The Neo can also be connected to a PC or Mac as a video conferencing camera. With its dual camera configuration, users can simultaneously present drawings, printed materials and 3D objects, using the built-in conferencing software along with a picture-in-picture screen of the user. “”We designed the office cams to capture and communicate ideas,”” said Ji Shen, CEO of Pathway Innovations. “”Ordinary low resolution web cams are good for capturing faces, but the HoverCam OfficeCam helps business people communicate documents and ideas more effectively.””
The HoverCam Neo comes in 3 models: HoverCam Neo 3, Neo 5i, and Neo 5p
1. Neo 5p
o 9 mega pixel high resolution “”InstantScan”” Technology
o 1080p full motion HD video presentation and recording
o HDMIand USB 2.0 outputs.
2. Neo 5i
o 5 mega pixel high resolution “”InstantScan”” Technology
o 720p full motion HD video presentation and recording
o HDMI and USB 2.0 outputs
3. Neo 3
o 3 mega pixel high resolution “”InstantScan”” Technology
o 17fps UVC 720p video via PC or Mac.
All models share the following features:
o Picture-in-Picture dual video stream presentation
o Shared whiteboard with live annotation over realtime video or freeze frame images
o Image save formats include PDF, TIFF, RAW, JPG, PNG, GIF,and others.
o TWAIN compatible.
o Bundled with the powerful SnapReader OCR software, which has over 2 million users.
o Helps visually impaired users to use the text-to-speech capability to help them read books, newspapers, and other printedmaterials.